PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau says tourists pump more than three billion dollars a year into the economy.
One of biggest destinations Lake Wallenpaupack.
Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead takes us to the waterfront.
Lake Wallenpaupack is a peaceful place for people to come and enjoy summer. That is why for over 50 years there has been Wallenpaupack scenic boat tour and rentals.
“We leave right from the slip here we explain how, when, and why the lake was created. We head down to our right towards the hydroelectric dam and then we follow the shoreline out and around,” said Steven Gelderman, Co-Owner Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour and Rentals
Besides the boat tour, there are a number of activities for families to enjoy on the water.
“We offer kayak rentals, single or tandem kayak rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, and we also rent pontoon boats. Local businesses depend on the tourism to survive, and thrive” said Gelderman adding. “We are primarily a tourism-related area and when the weather is good we do well. So that brings the people in. One of the amazing things about this lake is we still get people whether they’re local or from afar.”
Kids love every second of the outdoors.
“It brings our family together more because we do a lot of stuff based around family time and going out on the lake and having fun,” said Callie Gelderman.
“It’s relaxing and it’s happy for people who have things on their mind. They can get them off their mind,” noted Callie.
The Wallenpaupack Boat Tour and Rentals even got a shout out on The Office sitcom
“When they were actually shooting the show they placed a call to our office. They had heard about our business asked if they could reference the business name and they did the booze cruise here at Lake Wallenpaupack, which is not what we do but it was a nice plug” said Gelderman.
Nearly 28 million people visit the Poconos every year.
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